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Full Day Beijing by Bike

Hop on a bike and explore Beijing’s colourful backstreets with this guided cycling tour. There’s no better way to discover the hutong laneways and landmarks of this fascinating city. With a visit to a local market, a traditional Chinese lunch and a chance to challenge the locals to a game of mahjong, this is the best way to experience the real Beijing. Few cities combine tradition and modernity as well as Beijing; it manages to be forward-looking yet remains connected to its past. Despite modernising at a rapid pace, Beijing preserves its ancient and traditional heart in the winding alleyways and backstreets around the Forbidden City. Known as hutongs, these lanes are still home to many residents as well as shops, markets, temples and historic buildings. Wind through the hutongs and experience a traditional way of life that is slowly disappearing as the developers move in. Ride to the local market to check out the fresh produce, learn about Chinese cuisine and maybe pick up some snacks for later in the day. Back on your bike and it’s time to head for a visit to some of local friends for a tasty lunch in a traditional courtyard. After lunch, jump back on your bike for the short cycle to our next stop where we will spend some time learning how to play the popular game of mahjong while sipping cups of green tea with our neighbourhood friends. In the late afternoon, make the final cycle through the alleys back to the drop off point. Hop on a bike and explore Beijing’s colourful backstreets with this guided cycling tour. There’s no better way to discover the hutong laneways and landmarks of this fascinating city. With a visit to a local market, a traditional Chinese lunch and a chance to challenge the locals to a game of mahjong, this is the best way to experience the real Beijing. Few cities com Meeting/pick-up point: Shichahai Metro Station (Line 8), outside exit A2.

Duration:Between 5 and 6 hours.

Start/opening time: At 9am.

Languages: English.

Others: Ending point: Bike rental point near Drum and Bell Square, Xicheng District (GULOU area). Included: local English speaking guide, bike rental, lunch, NGO visit.